Saturday Night Fever – The famous 2001 Odyssey disco in New York

On December 7, 1977, the disco craze reached the height of its popularity with the release of Saturday Night Fever, the story of a youth (It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero) from Brooklyn with a natural gift of dancing. Based on a 1975 New York Magazine story entitled “Tribal Nights of the New Saturday Night” by Nik Cohn, the film was revolutionary for its time.

Director John Badham searched throughout New York for an appropriate dance club, one that was not too flashy and true to the work-a-day lives of the main characters. He chose a small club in Brooklyn, the 2001 Odyssey dance club, as a perfect fit.

Spectrum dance club was the former 2001 Odyssey disco / Image source

The floor was designed so that it would light-up rhythmically with the music, and cinematographer Ralf Bode personally chose the primary colors of red, blue and yellow to best complement the actors on film. Constructed by a local company, the floor was delivered and installed at the 2001 Odyssey club shortly before principal photography began in March 1977.

On 8th Avenue and 64th Street, is the former site of the 2001 Odyssey disco, where interiors and exteriors for the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever were filmed. The Odyssey 2001 renamed the Spectrum, it closed on February 12, 2005 and demolished.

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